PLA adapts to face the fu­ture

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHAO LEI

This has been a busy year be­cause I trav­elled ex­ten­sively and wrote nearly 200 sto­ries. Look­ing back, though, it feels as though I only wrote about two sub­jects — China’s on­go­ing military re­form and the coun­try’s space pro­gram.

The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, the world’s largest fight­ing force by num­bers, spent 2016 re­shap­ing its top com­mand bod­ies — dis­man­tling the gen­eral staff head­quar­ters, the gen­eral po­lit­i­cal depart­ment and two other top au­thor­i­ties and es­tab­lish­ing 15 new or­gans di­rectly un­der the Cen­tral Military Com­mis­sion. It also re­struc­tured its re­gional com­mand sys­tems, and ground and mis­sile forces.

The PLA es­tab­lished a new branch ded­i­cated to space, cy­ber and elec­tronic war­fare, and founded lo­gis­tic sup­port units.

These moves were just part of an un­prece­dented re­form, with more mea­sures to be rolled out in the com­ing years.

I feel lucky to be wit­ness­ing the re­mak­ing of China’s


The Long March 5 car­rier rocket is pre­pared be­fore its launch on Novem­ber 3.

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